Wild Idea is supported by a passionate and experienced team from government, business and conservation.

Our partners make this program possible and we are thrilled to have the support of such incredible and powerful organisations, all of whom are ready to help you and your idea make a lasting impact on our environment.

OUR PARTNERS

The NSW Government has committed to investing $100M over five years, to build a framework that aims to secure as many threated plants and animal species in the wild, for 100 years. A core focus of the program is to collaborate with the wider community, to work together to build capacity, raise awareness of threated species and achieve greater conservation outcomes. 

The NAB Foundation is the philanthropic arm of National Australia Bank (NAB). Its vision is to back social innovation and the innovators moving Austrlaia forward. Through their giving and investment approach, the NAB Foundation aims to demonstrate new and innovative ways to use philanthropic capital for greater societal impact. 

Glen Junor is a new model for how development can be done and it is set to become one of the most environmentally regenerative communities on the planet. This model will use 50% of the land to create a walkable neighbourhood designed according to community need and the remaining 50% of the land is for open space and community assets. The Glen Junor vision is to work alongside the community to enhance and protect the region. Read more about their plan here.

Regen Catalyst is a Business Accelerator supporting startups who can play a role in the bold vision of a global transition to regenerative food and agriculture systems. The program is designed for mature startups that require investment capital, exposure to international networks and expert mentoring to achieve the next stage of their business growth.


Odonata is one of Australia’s newest and most exciting environmental organisations committed to building an economy that puts nature first. It creates, supports, nurtures and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs to move towards a more environmentally sustainable world. It manages Victoria's largest feral-free safe haven, Mt Rothwell, and is a partner in the recently announced Melbourne Skyfarm - a rooftop farm and nature centre in the Melbourne CBD. 

The Wild Idea coaches will be with you every step of the program, and beyond. 

YOUR COACHES

Adam Gibson
Director
Regen Catalyst

Adam is a passionate advocate for the global regeneration of our food system. Operating from a strong belief that fresh, nutrient dense, organic food should be “the new normal” for every consumer, Adam’s professional focus is on catalysing change in the food system through business, innovation and disruption.


As a business mentor he offers a unique combination of skills in “contrarian marketing strategy”, startup strategy, business development, leadership training, personal growth and conscious development for business owners.

Sam Marwood
CEO

Sam is a community driven problem solver from central Victoria, who is redefining the farming and agriculture industry. Sam spent his early years as a policy advisor to the Victorian Government before connecting to his roots- farming and all things the environment.


Sam runs two environment-focused businesses,  building momentum to make significant change for agriculture in regional Australia and for wildlife on the brink of extinction. The drive behind both of these businesses is his desire to connect people back to the land.

The Wild Idea Advisor Team will help provide specialist knowledge and mentoring guidance.

YOUR ADVISORS

Annette Rypalski | Biodiversity Director, Odonata

One of Australia’s leading in threatened species breeding and recovery experts. After managing the dramatic increase in populations of threatened species at Mt Rothwell Conservation Centre, Annette has bee advising other breeding programs across the country.


Trent McCamley | Glen Junor, CEO
Trent manages a portfolio of investment assets that blend investment returns with deep social and environmental impact. Trent's 'Glen Junor Vision' is a proposed new community development situated on 210 hectares of land within Gisborne, Victoria. 


Tania Reid | NSW Government, Principal Manager for Partnerships - Saving Our Species Program

Tania brings a wealth of experience, having worked in strategic partnerships for almost a decade, with organisations such as Samsung, WWF and Woolworths. In her current role, she leads the implementation of the Saving Our Species program partnerships strategy, attracting external funding and raising awareness of threatened species conservation in NSW. She is extremely passionate about protecting Australia’s natural wildlife and is a highly experienced collaborator.


Steve Enticott | Finance Educator, Senior Partner CIA Tax and environmental investor

Steve is a finance professional, speaker, regularly quoted, author of The Man with a Plan book and Financial distraction.


Jackie Smith | Change Consultant

Jackie Smith is an organisational consultant, coach and expert facilitator who works in a holistic way with individuals and organisations based on 20 years experience and education in management and leadership, organisational psychology, group dynamics and mindfulness.

Nigel Sharp | Chair, Odonata

Nigel Sharp’s vision and dedication has made him one of Australia’s most successful biodiversity-focused entrepreneur, leading the way for the next generation of business and biodiversity solutions.


Paul Dettmann | Managing Director, Cassinia

Paul has extensive experience in landscape management, agriculture, and project management. He is a 6th generation farmer with a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and has been instrumental in a range of high-profile environmental projects, including the first CDM-accredited forestry project in Africa. With over two decades of experience, Paul has cultivated strong networks across several environmental industries.


Claire Coates | Freeland Pork

Now secure and reaching profitability, Freeland Pork's 40 hectares is at capacity with 65 free-range Large White sows and three Berkshire boars. The farm turns off between 16 to 20, 19-week-old pigs every week.


Chris Arms | Director, CJ Arms

Chris is an innovative engineer and leader of a creative design practice. He has a strong reputation in the field of water, landscape and design. Having operated in the construction industry for more than 30 years, Chris has been involved with the conceptualisation, documentation and master planning of major developments throughout Australia and Asia.


Chris Muir | Managing Director, SalesSuccess.net.au

Chris has been in sales, marketing, communications and training for over 30 years and has an understanding of modern B2B and B2C sales processes that’s second-to-none. He has advised and guided clients of all sizes, including Singapore Airlines, 3M, Sage, SC Johnson, Multiplex, NAB, Fuji Xerox, Canon Medical, Nokia, UPS, Mattel, Toshiba and Apple. 


Ellie Corley | Entrepreneurship Advisor, Build Grow Run

Ellie is a communications expert, has won international awards for her work and has managed the reputations of major corporates at the C-Suite level, for most of her career. Formerly Global Marketing Director at international tech firm, ARM, and Comms Director at Virgin Unite (Virgin Australia's not-for-profit foundation).  

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Wild Idea acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, learn and work. We celebrate their continuing cultural, social, environmental and economic connection to land, sea, and community, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

NEW SPOTS JUST ADDED!

Our online open day last week sold out, so we have opened more spots on Friday 24 May and Tuesday 28 May. Chat directly with the Wild Idea coaches, receive immediate feedback on your idea and discuss whether the program is right for you. 


Book your 20 min consultation now.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

 In 2019, we worked with four amazing business to address the challenge: How can we better conserve nature, and increase the protection of threatened species and their survival in the wild?


Learn more about each team and their business below. 

Edgars Greste, Susannah Kable
Grow Love Project

Grow ​Love Project advocates for a healthy, bio-diverse and sustainable Australian food system. The team educates, inspires and connects farmers with customers to grow the movement towards eating for healthy people and a healthy planet.

Martin Collings
Charopy

Charopy solves the problem of contamination in recycling bins and works with primary schools to make recycling more fun. Charopy has also raised awareness of NSW threatened species in schools, through their 'Build Your Own Colony' game. 

Dave Brook
OwlBnB

Dave makes habitat, every day - for any native animal, anywhere that's safe for them. To make sure 'No owl shall remain homeless', he is exploring ways owls can  safely live, hunt and reproduce in agricultural and urban environments. 

2019 WILDLINGS

Martin Collings, Charopy
Susannah Kable and Edgars Greste, The Grow Love Project

Jessie Panazzolo
Lonely Conservationists

Jessie created Lonely Conservationists to help conservationists thrive. With almost 2000 conservationists in her community, Jessie believes there is enough human power to conserve the 60% of threatened species impacted by agriculture across the planet. 

Jessie Panazzolo, Lonely Conservationists
Dave Brook, OwlBnB